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Moscow meeting marks “beginning of a different WHO,” says director general

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 28 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2766
  1. Richard Smith
  1. 1Moscow

The World Health Organization’s global forum on meeting the challenge of non-communicable disease, held in Moscow this week, marks “the beginning of a different WHO,” said Margaret Chan, its director general, in closing the meeting.

WHO, she said, is “not an inclusive organisation.” It belongs to the member organisations, and if you are not a government you can’t have a seat at the table. WHO is “not a good way to hear all the voices.”

Yet the meeting made it clear that non-communicable diseases can be tackled only by including all parties, including civil organisations, patients’ …

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